1.Application These conditions apply whether a contract has been made verbally or in writing.
The hirer acts on behalf of all passengers travelling on the vehicles. If the hirer is a company, group or partnership, an individual
must be named as a responsible person. The hirer is responsible for the actions and decisions of all the passengers on board including
any additional costs incurred in performing the contract, whether or not they actually travel with the party.
If the hirer is not going to travel with the party, a representative must be chosen, and the company informed prior to the hire taking place.
The company will only accept instructions from the hirer or their nominated representative.
Where a copy of these conditions has been given to the hirer at any time, or the hirer has been advised verbally of all significant terms,
making a booking will be deemed to signify acceptance of them. Where the hirer makes a booking before receiving these conditions and
without being advised verbally of all significant terms, the hirer may cancel the contract without liability to the operator within 48 hours
of receiving these conditions. Otherwise, the hirer will be deemed to accept these conditions.
2.Quotations Quotations are given on the basis of the direct route and on information provided by the hirer. The route used will be at the discretion
of the company unless it has been particularly specified by the hirer in which case it will be clearly shown on the confirmation.
All quotations given are subject to the company having available a suitable vehicle at the time the hirer accepts the quotation.
Quotations are valid for 28 days unless otherwise notified.
Quotations are given for coach and driver only. Any additional charges, (parking, tolls, etc;) will be separately Identified
and will be the hirer’s responsibility unless otherwise specified.
3. Surcharges Once a confirmation has been issued to the hirer, providing there are 30 days prior to the departure date, the company reserves the right to pass on
increases in the cost of fuel, taxes imposed by the Governments of the UK and of other countries to be visited during the journey, road tolls, and
foreign currency. No surcharges will be levied within 30 days of departure. On notification of such surcharges, the hirer may cancel the
booking subject to the scale of cancellation charges shown in paragraph 10. The liability of the company will be limited to the cost of the hire and
any ancillary service supplied.
4.use of the vehicle The hirer cannot assume the use of the vehicle between outward and return journeys, nor that it, will remain
at the destination for the hirer’s use unless this has been agreed with the company in advance.
5.Route and time variations The company reserves the right to levy additional charges for additional mileage or time to that agreed.
The charges will be pro-rata and in accordance with the formula advised on the booking confirmation.
The vehicle will depart at times agreed by the hirer, and it is the responsibility of the hirer to account for all passengers at those times.
The company will not accept liability for any losses incurred by passengers who fail to follow instructions given by the hirer.
6.Drivers’ hours The hours of operation for the driver are regulated by law, the hirer accepts the responsibility of ensuring the hire keeps to the hours
and times agreed by the Company. Neither the hirer nor any passenger shall delay or otherwise interrupt the journey in such a way that
the driver is at risk of breaching regulations relating to driving hours and duty time. If any breach is likely to occur, the hirer will be responsible
for any additional costs incurred unless it is outside the control of the hirer. The calculation of any additional costs will be as in condition 4.
7.Seating capacity The company will, at the time of booking agree and specify the legal seating capacity of the vehicle to be supplied.
The hirer must not load the vehicle beyond this capacity. Children will not be allowed to sit on laps of other passengers,
younger children and babies must by law use a child seat suited to their age and, supplied by the hirer
8.Conveyance of animals On a private hire, no animals (other than guide dogs and hearing dogs notified to the company in advance)
may be carried on any vehicle without prior written agreement from the company.
9.Confirmation Normally, written confirmation by the company is the only basis for the acceptance of a hiring or for a subsequent alteration to its terms.
10.Payment Any deposits requested must be paid by the date stated, and payment in full must be made before the start of the hire unless otherwise
agreed by the company. The company reserves the right to add interest at 8% per annum above the base rate of Barclays Bank Plc basic,
calculated on a daily basis from the date by which payment should have been made. Should the outstanding amount need to be recovered
through the services of an external agency (i.e debt recovery service/solicitors/court proceddings - this list is not exhaustive) any costs
incurred will be re-charged to you and added to the outstanding amount.
11.Cancellation by hirer a. If the hirer wishes to cancel any agreement, the following charges will apply in relation to the total hire charge.
b. The cost of accommodation, meals and theatre tickets which have already been purchased by the company at the request of the hirer,
will be charged to the hirer, plus any administration charges incurred by the company.
c. Cancellation due to inclement weather conditions will be charged as above.
d. Theatre tickets* once purchased are not refundable and must be paid for in full (* or other such ancillary service)
12.Cancellation by the company In the event of an emergency, riot, civil commotion, strike, lock out, stoppage or restraint of labour or on the happening of any
event over which the company has no control (including adverse weather and road conditions) or in the event of the hirer taking
any action to vary agreed conditions unilaterally, the company may by returning all money paid and without any further or
other liability, cancel the contract at any time.
13.Vehicle to be provided a. The company reserves the right to provide a larger vehicle than that specified at no additional charge unless any extra seats
are used in which case an additional pro rata charge will be made to the hire charge.
b. The company reserves the right to substitute another vehicle (including those of other operators) or ancillary facilities
for all or part of the hiring subject to such substitutes being of at least equivalent quality.
14.Breakdown and delays The company gives its advice on journey time in good faith. However, as a result of breakdown or traffic congestion,
or other events beyond the reasonable control of the company, journeys may take longer than predicted and in those
circumstances the company will not be liable for any loss or inconvenience suffered by the hirer as a result.
15.Agency Agreements Where the company hires in vehicles from other operators at the request of the hirer and where the company arranges ancillary
facilities such as meals, accommodation, ferries, admission tickets or any other services provided by another supplier, it does so
as an agent for and on behalf of the hirer. Any terms and conditions imposed by such other suppliers through the company shall,
in so far as they are supplied to the hirer, be binding on the hirer as if he had directly contracted such services and the hirer shall
indemnify the company against any loss, claim damage or award in respect of a breach of such supplier’s
terms and conditions brought about by the hirer’s action.
16.Package travel regulations If the hirer organises other elements of package in addition to the provision of transport, the hirer may be defined as’ an “organiser” or a
“retailer” for the purposes of the Package Travel, Package Holidays, and may be required to comply with the provisions of those regulations.
In this instance, the company cannot accept any liability that may be incurred for losses or damage that
it would otherwise accept under the terms of those regulations.
The hirer accepts responsibility for establishing whether they are so defined, and the company cannot accept liability for loss
or damage incurred that should have been the responsibility of the hirer if the hirer was the legally defined organiser or retailer.
Where the company agrees to act as an organiser or retailer, it will issue separate conditions of trading relating
to its liabilities and responsibilities under the regulations.
17.Passengers’ Property a. All vehicles hired by the company are subject to restrictions on carrying luggage for statutory safety reasons. The hirer
accepts that the driver shall be the sole judge as to whether and to what extent passengers’ property is carried. Large bulky
items may not be able to be carried, and the hirer should take all steps to notify the company in advance of such requirements.
b. The company accepts any personal property of the hirer and their passengers on the understanding that it will take all
reasonable steps to avoid loss or damage. The hirer should notify the company or the driver if items of exceptional value
are to be carried on the vehicle. It is the hirer’s responsibility to minimise risk of loss when property is left unattended.
c. The company’s liability for loss and damage to property, however caused, is limited to £500 per bag, case or package
with an overall limit of £1000 (overall claim value) maximum per passenger. It is the responsibility of the hirer to ensure
that items over this value are insured separately for loss or damage.
d. The limits in this section do not apply to personal injury claims.
e. All articles of lost property recovered from the vehicle will be held at the company’s premises where the vehicle is based,
and will be subject to the current Public Service Vehicle (Lost Property) Regulations. The company will provide details of this legislation on request.
18.Conduct of passengers a. The driver is responsible for the safety of the vehicle at all times and as such may remove any passenger whose behaviour prejudices
safety or is in breach of the Public Service Vehicle (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Regulations 1990.
These regulations set out certain rights and responsibilities on all parties, and full details of these can be obtained from the company on request.
The hirer is responsible for any damage caused to the vehicle by any passenger for the duration of the hire.
b. Where the hire is to a sporting event, the hirer should be aware of the legal requirements relating to alcohol, contained in the Sporting Events
(Control of Alcohol) Act 1985, (as amended) and the conditions of entry to race courses as laid down by the Race Course Association Ltd.
The company will provide details of these restrictions on request.
19.Complaints In the unlikely event of complaint about the company’s services, the hirer should endeavour to seek a solution at the time by seeking assistance
from the driver or from the company. If this has not provided a remedy, complaints should be submitted in writing within 14 days of the termination
date of the hire. The company will acknowledge all complaints within 14 days and will normally reply fully within 28 days.
20.Notices No bill, poster or notice is to be displayed on any vehicle without the written consent of the company.
21.Refreshments and Alcoholic Drinks Other than a vehicle fitted expressly for that purpose confectionary and drink (including alcoholic beverages)
may not be consumed on the vehicle without prior written consent from the company.
*Referral to the Company, The Company being Linkrider & South Dorset Coaches.
Terms & Conditions
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